Internal Dynamics define how a group operates together. Two keys to maintaining internal balance in your team are: 1) to clearly define the environmental expectations and 2) to cast a vision they can own. In the early stages of the call, Jesus laid out what was to be expected. Matthew 10 gives us a more in-depth look at how Jesus challenged his core leadership team by casting a vision and laying out the expectations.
Dramatic reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkBKGvkOHhE&feature=related
Online reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+10&version=NIV
As a leader, Christ knew the disciples would need some unmistakable direction. He told them who needed their services. He made it clear what services they were to provide. He explained how they were supposed to prepare. He gave them direction on how to read the people they approached. He even described the environment in which they would find themselves. But one of the greatest things Christ did in this passage is in the very first verse: He gave them the authority to do the work for which he “hired” them. Jesus empowered his disciples by giving clear direction and letting them run with it.
Leaders who allow team members to participate freely in the process create stronger teams and retain the highest level of efficiency among the members. Micromanaging stifles creativity and creates dissension and uncertainty, so it is a win-win when we follow the example of Christ and become empowering leaders!
In applying this passage to your own leadership style, consider these questions:
As the leader, am I casting a clear vision?
Do the team members know what to expect along the way and are they equipped to handle whatever comes up?
Do I empower the team members with the freedom to complete the work?